Can I foster? LGBT Foster Care
Following on from our previous ‘Can I Foster?’ article which aimed to dispel the myths surrounding single male foster carers, we take a closer look at transgender and same sex fostering.
Regardless of your sexual orientation or personal circumstances, plucking up the courage to become interested in being a foster parent is often one of most difficult, yet remarkable decisions you’ll ever have to make.
It’s part of the reason why we aim to make our application process as simple and as trouble free as possible for you and your family.
‘What does fostering involve?’ ‘Is it really for me?’ ‘What if I can’t cope?’ Don’t worry, you’re not the first to ask these questions, and you probably won’t be the last, so we’re only too happy to put your mind at ease when you first get in contact with us.
Whilst there are many misconceptions about sexual orientation, race and age that exist, it’s important to remember that fostering is all about the warmth, compassion and attention you show to the child or young person within your care.
Believe it or not, very few barriers actually exist. Just as long as you’re over 21, have a spare bedroom, a solid grasp of the english language and able to keep up with physical demands of a young person, then we have no doubt that you will be considered.
In the world fostering, lesbian, transgender and gay foster parents are still classed as a minority in terms of numbers, however, it’s a minority that keeps increasing every year.
Even though the amount of foster carers is growing, there is still a huge belief amongst the LGBT community that feel they’re unable to foster.
As an independent fostering agency, we have no doubt that LGBT foster parents possess the strength and qualities to provide the same level of care and support to help make a positive change to a child’s life, than those who are more commonly represented within the fostering landscape.
The public’s perception of LGBT foster care has shifted quite dramatically over the past few years, and the work that we carry out with local authorities, schools and colleges, as well as our wider fostering community, is designed to make all of our foster parents, regardless of background or circumstances, feel equally valued.
At Perpetual Fostering, we see our foster carers as being superheroes, and together with the right level of training, support and guidance from our professional team of social workers, we can make a huge difference to the future of a child in desperate need.
Do you want to receive more information about becoming a foster care superhero? If so, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and have a chat with an experienced member of our team today.